Greenwich Village Restaurant Apocalypse, Summer 2012

Flatiron-shaped 10 Downing is down for the count . . .

The summer months in general, and August in particular, must be the most successful period for restaurants in certain parts the city. In Greenwich Village, the streets are thronged with free-spending tourists, and nearly every café can commandeer extra sidewalk tables that draw customers who don't care how hot it is or even what they're eating. But, ironically, there seem to be far more empty restaurant storefronts than usual in this historic part of the city, just when the highest volume of tourists is arriving. (Remember that in many European countries, employees still get the entire month of August off.)

Here are shuttered spaces in the Village. Want to start a restaurant?

. . . and, just down the street from 10 Downing, this ambitious failed establishment at 267 Sixth Avenue.

Currywurst Bros., a German sausage chain at 182 Bleecker Street, found the customers running in the opposite direction. You won't be surprised when you see why.

The former KFC-Taco Bell at 331 Sixth Avenue has never recovered from the rat infestation . . .

. . . and neither has the storefront directly to the north, at 333 Sixth Avenue.

The temporary signage is a tip-off that this coffee shop -- a refugee from Waverly Place -- might be just squatting. The previous tenant was a failed coffee shop.

Even Pinkberry couldn't make it at 177 Bleecker Street.

At least 193 Bleecker Street has found a new tenant -- with the rather alarming slogan: "It's not yogurt, it's Yogorino!"

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